Emotionally striking, heartbreaking, and equally as heart-warming, Joe Dunthorne's The Adulterants gives an insightful look into the intimacies of modern-day marriage and the flawed coping mechanisms of a pitifully dark-humored husband. We live through a series of breakneck stages - false security, uncertainty, fear, denial, mania - as Ray Morris unwittingly sabotages his own marriage, all the while remaining self-defyingly indifferent. The perfect example of a fairytale-gone-awry, The Adulterants will have you rooting for the resurrection of Ray’s seemingly brain-dead life, remaining dumbly optimistic as you watch his relationship become the public disaster he and his wife so often commiserated.
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The Adulterants would be a coming-of-age story if its protagonist could only forget that he is thirty-three years old. Throughout a series of escalating catastrophes, our deadpan antihero keeps up a merciless mental commentary on the foibles and failings of those around him, and the vicissitudes of modern urban life: internet trolls, buy-to-let landlords, open marriages, and the threat posed by more sensitive men. But the wonder of The Adulterants is how we feel ourselves rooting for Ray even as we acknowledge that he deserves everything he gets.